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10 amusing ICD-10 codes doctors just might need this Thanksgiving

November 2015

You might think moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10 isn't a big deal. After all, it's just one little numerical step, right? Wrong. The change represents an exponential increase, because ICD-9 has about a fifth of the codes of ICD-10. Due to complexities, doctors and other healthcare pros had to be trained to select the correct codes, and healthcare organizations had to do extensive internal and external testing.

Now less than two months later, many doctors are likely still struggling with the classifications. There really isn't much that's funny about ICD-10, but  PatientKeeper, a Waltham, Mass.-based provider of healthcare applications for physicians, found a little holiday humor in the classifications. In its infographic below, the company identifies 10 actual diagnosis codes that are surprisingly appropriate for potential Thanksgiving Day mishaps.

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